The (Public Schools) Profit Motive

Posted April 24th, 2013 @ 10:55 AM by

We have brought you the story before that the current round of “education reform” is a myth, that its just a ruse to try and privatize education so certain people can get their hands on our education money!

We all know that Scott Walker in his latest budget wants to vastly increase taxpayer money going to private voucher schools.

We also know that the face of voucher schools, and main lobbyist, is former Assembly speaker and convicted felon Scott Jensen, who makes over $400,000/ yr lobbying for the incredibly misnamed American Federation for Children.

Finally, we know that every ex-legislator and staffer in Wisconsin, who is ultimately unqualified for a job in the private sector, have signed on to be school voucher lobbyists also.

Now, thanks to our friends at One Wisconsin Now and the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, the picture gets even clearer still.

First from Wisconsin Democracy Campaign($10 Million Dollars):

Madison – Wealthy campaign contributors and shadowy electioneering groups that back school voucher programs have spent nearly $10 million in 10 years in Wisconsin – much of it to help twice elect a governor who is trying to sharply expand the program, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

Spending by school choice backers included $2.8 million in individual campaign contributions to mostly Republican and conservative candidates for statewide office and the legislature from 2003 through mid-2012, and $7 million for outside electioneering activities, like negative mailings and broadcast ads, from 2003 through 2012.

Nothing like shadow money and negative campaigning to show everyone how much you care about the kids! But Wait! There is more. $10 million is petty change.

From One Wisconsin Now($31 Million):

Key findings include:

The Bradley Foundation, headed by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign co-chair Michael Grebe has underwritten a massive pro-privatization propaganda

Bradley has spent over $31 million since 2001 supporting organizations promoting education privatization, academics providing favorable pro-privatization pseudo science, media personalities promoting the privatization agenda and lobbying organizations advocating for privatization legislation.

The Bradley financed campaign has manufactured an education “crisis”, proposed a “solution”, attacked and undermined the ability of potential
opponents to block their agenda and funded aggressive pro-privatization media and lobbying efforts.

$31,000,000! Say WHAT? Why would groups spend a minimum(don’t forget this is just what these two groups were able to uncover and account for), $41 million dollars to privatize our schools?

Hint: It is NOT because they care about improving the lives and education of the children on Allied drive! These people who spend hundreds of millions of dollars tying to make sue their taxes do not increase a measly 3%, are spending millions out of the kindness of their heart or hoping to make education great for all.

Ulterior motives is the phrase of the day!

The new rallying cry of the Pirates trying to raid our public education fund, is not “won’t someone think of the children”, it is officially

” Thar’s Gold in them thar classrooms!”.

Remember this when the debate starts going!


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